Four Real? Red Sox vs Blue Jays 6-29-13

               Pete Lepak Staff Writer
Game 83: Jays break through late, win 6-2
The Red Sox had two runners cut down at the plate, and Jose Bautista hit career homeruns 200 and 201 on Saturday afternoon to lead the Jays to a 6-2 victory. Boston managed 10 hits, which is the seventh time in the last eight games that they have accomplished that feat. Starter Felix Doubront pitched a quality start, giving up only two runs in 6 1/3 innings to help keep Boston close. Here are the four at bats that changed the game:

1) Happy 200th! In the top of the sixth inning and the Jays already up 1-0, Jose Bautista gets a 2-0 inside cut fastball from starter Doubront and drills it over the Green Monster to put Toronto up 2-0.

2) Jose's got a Gun. Bottom of the sixth inning, and Shane Victorino starts the inning with a double. Dustin Pedroia takes a 2-2 curveball to right field, but Bautista scoops it up and throws a dart to catcher J.P. Arencibia to tag Victorino at home. While it was a great play by Bautista, it is a questionable call to send Shane because there are no outs in the inning and Boston is down 2-0.

3) Questionable Call. Bottom of the seventh inning, and Boston starts their comeback. Jarrod Saltalamacchia singles and then Jose Iglesias records another infield single to second base. Salty advances to third on an errant throw by Maicer Izturis, so there are runners at the corners with no outs. Jonathan Diaz, who was just called up by the Red Sox this morning, tries a safety squeeze, which is when the runner on third waits until the ball is bunted and then runs home. If it was performed correctly, Diaz should have bunted the ball between the pitcher and first baseman, and the ball should have traveled past the pitcher's mound. Unfortunately, the ball is hit too softly, and pitcher Darren Oliver throws Salty out at the plate. This is now the second Red Sox runner called out at home with no outs in the last two innings. Boston would score twice later in the inning with a Victorino single to tie the game at 2, but poor decisions have been killing them today.

4) Game, Set. Match. Top of the eighth inning, and Junichi Tazawa is on the mound for Boston. He allows a Jose Reyes single, then gives up a bomb to Jose Bautista, who hits another long dinger over the Green Monster. This was another no-doubter that went to left center field to score two runs, and now the Jays lead 4-2. Boston worked so hard just to tie the game last inning, and just like that they are down again.

Boston could not recover, and they go on to lose 6-2. Boston plays in the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:35pm at Fenway Park when Mark Buehrle faces Ryan Dempster.

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